- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New American Library (Mar 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451211146
- ISBN-13: 978-0451211149
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,056,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The bulk of the story follows her as her 3 best friends set out to help her. In fact Andrea is assigned to help her get the raise she was promised 6 moths ago. Suz is assigned to help her get that boyfriend. But, sometimes you should think for alone and not just follow advice. Her request for a raise ends up getting her fired. Her date with the police officer, who she likes, ends up being the only time she hears from him, even though she gets knocked unconscious at a baseball game.
The friends mean well and she keeps following the advice until she decides it is not getting her anywhere. She still doesn't have a job she likes and the guy she really liked never calls her back, so she takes things in her own hands and sets out to get what she wants.
LM makes this story fun to follow. I love it when Haley is knocked out and when she uses the inflatable bra...
It is also important to not that I only can usually find books of this caliber by british authors such as Jane Green. I would put this book on the same level as an great female british chick lit author. Overall, a great and entertaining book.
And things can only go downhill from there, as a shocked Haley Jane bumbles her way from one bad decision to the next: feeling up the investigating police officer; asking for a raise but getting fired; and asking for support from her Girlie Brunch bunch, which lands her an appointment with an unusual new age guidance guru, as well as the starring role in her best friend's thesis on human sexuality. If only Haley Jane's well-meaning friends could actually make good on their intentions to coach her through her man hunt and job search, maybe she could wind up with both the hunky cop and the career of her dreams!
Then again, knowing those girls, maybe not.
What worked for me:
There was plenty of humor in this story, along with some terrific (and sometimes hot) twists in the plot. I'm not sure if the author has plans to do so, but the door was left open to revisit this fun group of gals at a later date.
Size-wise the girls were varied. The main character, petite Haley Jane, didn't have size issues per se, but she did entertain fantasies of being a stacked, blonde, sharp shooting Amazonian member of Mensa. Perhaps it had to do with the Bavarian bar maid's outfit she wore in one scene, but Haley Jane took on a decided Sandra Bullock-like appearance in my imagination. (Think "Miss Congeniality here.)
What didn't work for me:
There were a couple of scenes I could have lived without, and the writing could have been more polished. Also I felt I didn't get to know the characters as deeply as I could have.
"What a Girl Wants" is a sassy and sometimes silly read. Grab a café latte and start up that bubble bath!
Warning: there are some coarse words and sexual scenarios in this book.
If you liked "What a Girl Wants" you might also enjoy "Coffee and Kung Fu", "Separation Anxiety", "Inappropriate Men", "Bet Me, "Blushing Pink", "The Way It Is", "Last Chance Saloon", "Sisterhood Situation", "Bridget Jones's Diary", or "Good in Bed".
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